What does FTC history tell us about hacking back and taking action to engage in privacy self-defense? Back in 1918, it issued a cease and desist order against a company that dealt with nosy competitors by crashing delivery trucks into them. The FTC ordered the company to stop “causing any of

[its] trucks…to collide with automobiles owned and operated by any competitor…at times when the automobiles of such competitor may be following the trucks of…The Brown Co.”

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FTC v. American Agricultural Chemical Co. and the Brown Co., 1 FTC 226 (1918)